For the second day of BM#66, Diabetic Sweets I have a Kesari made with Samai and Panankalkandu. Little Millet or Samai is a healthy option to indulge when you want to make a Kesari or a rice version. Palm Sugar makes a great substitute for White Sugar. Glycemic Index, (GI) of Palm Sugar is 41.
I am only going to give the details as given on the different sites, I urge one should verify this again before consuming this. However on a general note, this sugar is considered healthy. I remembered Veena’s making a samai kesari and adapted it with how I wanted.
Samai / Little Millet – 1/2 cup
Panankalkandu / Palm Sugar – 3/4 cup + 1/2 cup water
Water – 1 1/4 cup – 1 1/2 cup
Ghee – 2 tsp
Almond – handful
How to make Samai Kesari
Heat a nonstick pan with 1 tsp ghee, roast the millet for a minute.
Next add water and simmer till the millet gets cooked This takes about 10 mins.
Meanwhile, crush the palm sugar and dissolve in 1/2 cup water. Cook on high flame till the sugar is all melted and the sugar thickens.
Once the samai is cooked and water is all absorbed, add the palm sugar water. Mix well and simmer again.
When the kesari is well mixed, heat a pan with ghee and roast the chopped almonds. Add this to the Kesari.